Hollywell was set up in 2014 to address the serious gap in housing options for vulnerable people with learning disabilities and autism in Devon and Cornwall. Historically, vulnerable people have often had choices made for them with many being placed unnecessarily in residential care facilities, hospitals or remaining in family homes where relatives can no longer cope, because there are simply no other options available to them. We passionately believe that EVERYONE has the right to a secure and sustainable home and our vision is to provide this for as many vulnerable people as possible, improving wellbeing and future prospects as well as allowing people to thrive within a community.
We identified a gap in the marketplace for an organisation in the South West providing ONLY intensive housing management and support to vulnerable people, ensuring that they have control and choice in choosing their home whilst being supported to manage the logistics of both finding a home and living independently. The golden thread through the process is allowing individuals to take control of their choices, be treated as an individuals and have access to the same opportunities as everyone else in society. This is the true meaning of Independent Living.
Hollywell Housing Trust is a charity and social enterprise set up to offer a bespoke housing and tenancy management service for people with learning disabilities and autism who might otherwise not be able to access a sustainable home or manage a tenancy alone. We are not like a traditional housing association with a stock of housing to fill, we start with the individual and look at what THEY want and need before sourcing and securing the right property for them in the private rented sector. Hollywell takes a tenancy directly with the landlord and provides the vulnerable person with the housing related support and tenancy management they need to ensure that they are able to sustain their tenancy.
We work in conjunction with traditional care and support providers to provide the individual with an all round holistic support service of housing and care, allowing them to live independently within the community. Our ethos is very much around a personalised and person centred approach, encouraging choice and decision making and then supporting people to make those choices sustainable. We passionately believe that a secure home is the cornerstone for being able to fulfil potential and live independent lives and all our work centres around providing and promoting this.